Note: This column of items from the Blue Mountain Eagle archives is compiled by Eagle staff writer Cheryl Hoefler.
100 years ago
– April 1, 1915, Grant County Journal
• Charles F. Meier, formerly of this place (Prairie City) but now residing in Portland has held options on a large amount of the land on lower Dixie Creek and along the John Day River below the mouth of the creek for some time, and has been making efforts to interest capital and get a gold dredge installed. Mr. Meier said Prairie people have shown a disposition to help him in every possible way, and it is well that this is the case, for the installation of a dredge on these properties means much to the town.
78 years ago
– April 9, 1937, John Day Valley Ranger
• The Monument High School senior class has announced their annual play, a three-act comedy, “The Ready Made Family,” will be Saturday night, April 17. The cast is: Gertrude Hallam, Delbert and Reta Stubblefield, Norma Gabler, Elaine Dahl, Homer Williams, Fern Gilman, Gilbert Burke, Helen Round and Merle Legler. A dance will follow, with Fletcher’s Round-Up band as the musicians. Long Creek High School students are having a contest to select a queen for their May Day carnival. Ballot boxes have been placed in various stores in town. Votes are sold, 10 for one cent. The standing of the candidates, Katrine Porter, senior; Billy Gibbs, junior; Oral Crowley, sophomore; and Chloris Crowley, freshman, will be posted daily.
70 years ago
– March 23, 1945, Blue Mountain Eagle
• Wise use of leftover kitchen fats is the first step in helping to increase collections of used household fats critically needed to make up a deficit in 1945 fats-oils supplies, according to Grant County Agent Wm. K. Farrell. Farm women and homemakers in small towns have been called on to contribute a large share of the 250 million pounds of used fats set as this year’s goal, Farrell says.
50 years ago
– April 1, 1965, Blue Mountain Eagle
• Modern dial telephone service for the customers of the Juniper Telephone Company in Baker, Malheur and Grant counties will be a reality when Public Utility Commissioner Jonel C. Hill authorized the sale of the company to the Oregon Telephone Corp. at Mt. Vernon. Oregon Telephone serves about 850 telephones in the Bates, Dayville, Mt. Vernon and Prairie City areas.
30 years ago – March 28, 1985, Blue Mountain Eagle
• Grant County’s recently renovated jail is already filled to near capacity. The jail holds six male prisoners. There are now five inmates. The Grant County Sheriff’s Department is studying the possibility of solving overcrowding by shortening sentences of model prisoners and increasing credit days for prisoners doing trustee work.
20 years ago
– March 30, 1995, Blue Mountain Eagle
• The message from Grant County voters was clear Tuesday evening, almost three to one, in support of a ballot initiative refusing to recognize federal authority over public lands within the county. The initiative had a commanding margin with 1,375 votes in support, and just 560 voting against it. The measure enacts no new ordinance, and reflects only the feeling of voters.
10 years ago – March 23, 2005, Blue Mountain Eagle
• Grant Union’s bats were booming, and a total of 28 runs crossed the plate as the Prospectors opened the 2005 baseball season with a pair of wins at the Grant Union Icebreaker Tournament. On Friday, Toby Thomas tossed a two-hitter and struck out nine, and his teammates banged out 12 hits, including six for extra bases, as the Prospectors rolled to a 20-1 win over Oakland. In Saturday’s game, starting pitcher Kerry Ashmead was equally tough as the Prospectors topped Seaside, 8-1.